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Turned again on the Dientes de Navarino trek, Patagonia

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journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles 

The leaping off level is Puerto Williams.

Most do the 50km over Four days.

FIRST you want get to the top of the world. That’s Puerto Williams (pop. 2000) on the island of Navarino.

There are 3 ways:

– flight on small aircraft from Punta Arenas ($150 a method 2019)

– quick boat from Ushuaia (45min) and shuttle van (45min) about $100 a method 2019

I stayed on the pleasant and relaxed El Padrino hostel. Most individuals there are both coming from or going to a hike. It’s an important place to get maps and up-to-date data.

For in a single day climbing you’re requested to register (free) on the police station. I discovered it quick and environment friendly.

The day of my departure some left the hostel at 8am. As is usually the case, I used to be final to get on the path. I left city at 1pm. It was solely Four-6 hours to the primary campsite.

I had a sizzling un-dehydrated final meal for lunch. 🙂

The first massive snowfall of the yr was the earlier week — the finish of February.

Nearly everybody that week had turned again after post-holing deep snow. Most path markers had been hidden.

Climate was enhancing for my departure March 1st. However everybody had rented snowshoes over the previous couple of days … simply in case.

I’d determined NOT to hire snowshoes hoping sufficient folks had been gone forward of me to place down a path within the snow.

However Shila — the fundamental gear retailer on the town‚ occurred to be open (for the primary time) as I walked previous on the best way to the trailhead. I grabbed their final pair. ($three / day)

Even when I didn’t use them, they’d make me look extra macho. 😀

It’s a few kilometres to the beginning. Most individuals stroll from city.

Summer season on  Navarino island is gorgeous. I can’t think about the way it have to be through the very lengthy, darkish, chilly, moist winter months.

Everybody stops by to present their respects to the Virgin. It couldn’t damage.

This path is very well managed. RESPECT to whomever acquired this organized.

Trailhead

Truly, it was Lonely Planet’s Clem Lindenmayer who popularized it in his 1992 Lonely Planet guidebook Trekking the Patagonian Andes.

Clem died age-47 whereas climbing in China’s Sichuan Province, I’m unhappy to recall. I beloved his ebook. It was a part of the inspiration that had me begin this web site.

The BEST factor in regards to the Dientes Circuit is that this free pamphlet. I can’t recall a greater one climbing brochure wherever else on the earth.

In Spanish with English translation, it’s crystal clear. All you want for navigation.

The beginning is up, up, up by means of the timber.

Fairly a little bit of path upkeep has been performed on this part.

I used Maps.me as a back-up to the pamphlet description.

The beginning is the preferred dayhike out of Puerto Williams. As much as some viewpoints.

Puerto Williams

Beagle channel

Most day hikers end on the large Chilean flag.

I continued up on the rocky plateau.

It’s pretty effectively marked right here, as effectively, although you do should preserve your eyes peeled for cairns. In spots there are a number of trails to get to the identical place.

The one actual downside is punching by means of snow or ice and getting your toes moist.

A troublesome part is a protracted traverse alongside the aspect of a mountain.

You cross a series of fairly alpine lakes.

That is the type of snow I confronted on the primary day. Simple — however with some publicity. In the event you slip it could be a protracted, painful fall.

There’s my vacation spot. Beneath the enamel of Navarino. It’s a steep scramble down.

Laguna del Salto

I arrange late within the day on the remark platform. Severe hikers generally day hike right here and again. That may take at the very least eight hours.

Most individuals tent over by the waterfall.

It was a beautiful night and evening. I used to be optimistic for the climate subsequent day.

Sadly clouds had been getting denser once I awoke.

Right here’s what I might face day 2 making an attempt to get to Laguna Escondida. A number of snow.

Probably no vistas. Probably a slog within the fog.

I additionally awoke with a nasty abdomen ache.

What to do? I had combined emotions.

In the long run I determined to hustle again to Puerto Williams and catch the 4pm ferry. It solely runs twice every week in summer time.

Again on the town it seemed to me like the best peaks had been clearing. My odds of getting by means of the circuit MIGHT have been 70% or extra, I consider now.

I could have made the fallacious determination. ☹️

Oh effectively. This provides me an excuse to return!

associated – bookmundi data on this hike

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